How much food do you waste?

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    Oct 19, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-elam/american-wasteland-food-waste-jonathan-bloom_b_765510.htmlPicture the Rose Bowl, the vast 90,000 seat stadium in Southern California. Now picture it filled to the brim with food. America wastes that much food every single day. How much waste is that, exactly? I thought you'd never ask. About 40 percent of all food produced in this country isn't eaten. That waste occurs at every stage of the food chain, from farm to fork.

    At what cost? Here's another eye-popper: every year, through uneaten food, we waste 70 times the amount of oil that was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the three months of the Deepwater Horizon gusher. That's because a tremendous amount of energy goes into producing, harvesting, transporting and chilling our food. When we don't eat the items, those resources were used in vain.

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    I've never not eaten the last edible piece of food from my bowl/plate. (Was brought up that way) I cringe when I have to throw away spoiled food.
    My fridge is spotless at the end of the week (well, except for the baking soda).
    When I eat out (which is almost never), I pack whatever is leftover for the next day. (Waiters HATE me)

    It's God's punishment that I can't gain weight.icon_evil.gif

    How much food do you throw away regularly?
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    Considering I eat candy from couches and 2 week old pizza I find at my friends' apartments, I'd have to say I don't waste much food.

    Egg yolks are about the only thing I waste. I figure I don't need the extra cholesterol.
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    Maybe I should try your diet (given your excellent physique).icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    Is burying my veggie scraps in my garden for compost considered waste? I figure I am just getting back the unedible parts as tomatoes the next year.
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    During the short period where I controlled 100% of the food availability in my living quarters I had an excellent ratio of food I bought/prepared and consumed in its entirety. I'd pretty much only have to toss a couple pieces of fruit every week or two, if that. Lately, now that I don't control the entire purchase and production of food and meals more stuff seems to go to waste.
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    Caslon16000 saidIs burying my veggie scraps in my garden for compost considered waste? I figure I am just getting back the unedible parts as tomatoes the next year.


    No that's not waste, because the energy is going to your tomatoes. That article actually suggests that's a good way to throw away food if you can't eat it.

    Too bad for some of us who don't have backyards.icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidDuring the short period where I controlled 100% of the food availability in my living quarters I had an excellent ratio of food I bought/prepared and consumed in its entirety. I'd pretty much only have to toss a couple pieces of fruit every week or two, if that. Lately, now that I don't control the entire purchase and production of food and meals more stuff seems to go to waste.


    I buy just enough fruit to finish it before it spoils (i.e. 3 bananas and 4 oranges, no more, no less). I have it down to an art form.

    You need a food nazi like my mom. Can't leave the table until everything is eaten, and eat everything that's about to spoil.icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    All of it ultimately goes to waste if you really want to get down to it.

    That said, I lived on an island for 5 years. At the end of parties, it is not uncommon tor the host to ziplock and send home leftovers with the guests. Take away boxes and other containers were common place as well.
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    I don't waste much food, but I hate wasting anything.
    When I owned a restaurant, I always sighed when customers would leave half a plate of food.
    I always wanted to double-charge them the next time they came in. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI don't waste much food, but I hate wasting anything.
    When I owned a restaurant, I always sighed when customers would leave half a plate of food.
    I always wanted to double-charge them the next time they came in. icon_lol.gif


    Too much food left on plates in a restaurant can also be indicative of portion sizes being too big AND food quality not being good enough to be worth taking home. In any case, a cost structure issue AND a value configuration issue. Both not good in the restaurant industry.

    If the portion size is too big, but they take it home...that's ok as long as you are charging appropriately, for like 2 meals. Kind of like the philosophy at The Cheese Cake Factory or Buca de Beppo.
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
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    Caslon16000 saidIs burying my veggie scraps in my garden for compost considered waste? I figure I am just getting back the unedible parts as tomatoes the next year.


    No that's not waste, because the energy is going to your tomatoes. That article actually suggests that's a good way to throw away food if you can't eat it.

    Too bad for some of us who don't have backyards.icon_sad.gif

    A shot of my tomatoes growing....and one cantaloupe plant that sprouted from a seed that must have gotten buried with the rind.

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    Oct 19, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI don't waste much food, but I hate wasting anything.
    When I owned a restaurant, I always sighed when customers would leave half a plate of food.
    I always wanted to double-charge them the next time they came in. icon_lol.gif


    Too much food left on plates in a restaurant can also be indicative of portion sizes being too big AND food quality not being good enough to be worth taking home. In any case, a cost structure issue AND a value configuration issue. Both not good in the restaurant industry.

    If the portion size is too big, but they take it home...that's ok as long as you are charging appropriately, for like 2 meals. Kind of like the philosophy at The Cheese Cake Factory or Buca de Beppo.
    Considering they always came back, I figure the food was good.
    As for the portion size, it was a VERY small town (<2000), and most of the people were very obese. The portions HAD to be large or the place wouldn't have lasted 5 years. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    GAMRican said Buca de Beppo.


    oh man apple crostata with pistachios and vanilla gelatto on the side icon_surprised.gif~~~